Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the Common Council today invited neighborhood groups located outside the Community Development Block Grant areas to submit ideas to improve their block and apply for a ‘Community Improvement Project’ grant.
Funds up to $2,000 per project are available for proposals that enhance curb appeal and unite residents. The grant could be applied towards safety and security enhancements, the purchase of neighborhood banner displays, front yard landscaping initiatives and more. The grants require matching dollar per dollar, either through matching cash contributions, donated goods, and/or professional services.
“The goal of these projects is to bring residents together to build stronger neighborhoods,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “The Community Improvement Grants are yet another way in which we are working with residents across the City to make an impact on the quality of life.”
Ald. Michael J. Murphy said it’s important to sustain the health of neighborhoods as well as work to improve more challenged neighborhoods. Murphy was the lead sponsor of the City of Milwaukee Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, providing resources to assist neighborhoods outside of Community Block Grant areas.
“The goal is to encourage residents to make stronger connections to their neighborhoods and to boost the work of neighborhood groups to improve or maintain the strength of the area.” said Ald. Murphy.